Caring for another person is a tough job and we applaud anyone who takes on the role, but it’s important to remember that you need to take a break in order to rest and relax too. If you’re stressed on the job, you won’t be able to provide your highest quality level of care.
Whether you’re an individual caring for a loved one or a professional carer that’s a part of our team, we have put together some helpful tips to help alleviate stress. These can be done if you have a spare five minutes in your day or during time off from caring.
Take up exercise
Exercise is well known for producing endorphins, which are a great reliever of stress. Work out DVDs or Youtube workout videos are great to do at home or you could get out and about and go for long walks or attend classes. It can really help clear your mind too.
Have friends/family members who can lend an ear
Having a friend or family member you can talk to is very important. We all need to talk and it’s a great way to alleviate stress, even if you don’t mention your work, just having a catch up can work wonders.
Catch 40 winks
If possible during your day, catching 15 to 20 minutes of sleep is a great way to feel refreshed. Just having a bit of quiet time and shutting your eyes can help you get through the day. Out of work hours, make sure you’re getting enough sleep and have a regulated sleeping pattern where you’re going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each day.
If you’re caring for a friend or loved one and feel you need a longer break from your duties then we offer a respite care service. Find out more here.